Autumnal

 

Tea harvested in autumn in Darjeeling and Assam is called Autumnal. It is harvested in the few weeks after the summer monsoon rain and before the onset of the winter, i.e. before the end of the vegetation period. The quality of this autumn tea differs from year to year. Due to the nearing end of the yearly growth period, the leaves contain only very little tannic acid. Therefore, the fine aroma can be developed to its fullest when the autumn experiences a lof of sunshine.